Multifaceted as it is, the Parrish Library is ultimately a premier example of the growing number of “IMPACT” environments dedicated to the University's strategic plan to ensure student success. It also is central to the provost's campus-wide initiative for the redesign of classes to engage students more fully in their learning. IMPACT is an acronym for Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation, and the program is premised on transforming the way we teach based on research about how people learn.

The Parrish Library grew from collaborative research that began in 2004 when I charged a task force that had representatives from the Libraries, the Krannert School and the Department of Agricultural Economics to develop a program statement for a reconceptualized management and economics library. The goal was to create a student-centered library — and functional for the variety of needs and roles that a modern library is capable of providing for students today and in the future.

Roland Parrish

Krannert celebrated Roland Parrish’s $2 million leadership gift to support Purdue Libraries’ renovation of the Management and Economics Library during ceremonies on Homecoming Weekend. (Photo by Mark Simons)

We are grateful to Roland Parrish for his generosity and trust that made it possible to complete this transformation. His $2 million leadership gift reflects his love of the library as an institution that is central to the mission of higher education — past, present and future. His own experience and subsequent success inspired him to make a transformative learning environment possible for a new generation, in new ways, with new technologies and new learning methods.

And thanks to all donors, friends, and colleagues for their support of this vision and the promise its completion brings. A special note of appreciation must go to professors Tomalee Doan and Hal Kirkwood of Purdue Libraries, whose vision and keen sense of the learning environment helped the Parrish Library become what you now see.   

The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, for all its innovations, is still the center for scholars and researchers to study, to collaborate, to seek assistance from Purdue Libraries faculty and staff, and to meet friends and colleagues in pursuit of knowledge.

If you haven’t already, I invite you to visit the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics. Experience it for yourself.

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